Our school curriculum is broad and balanced, fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum on academic excellence and also the need for each pupil to be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Key Stage 3

This encompasses years 7 to 9 and offers a range of subjects in order to prepare pupils for the subject choices they make at the end of year 9 and develop their skills for GCSE. Pupils are placed within one of three broadly equal bands A, B and C. Pupils within these bands are set by ability into teaching groups, 3 groups in bands A and B and 4 in C, this could vary across subjects. For example: – A pupil in teaching group A1 for Mathematics could be in A3 for English dependent on their skill set. These groups are reviewed regularly to reflect pupil’s individual progress. All pupils study the following subjects:

Key Stage 3. Years 7 – 9 Subjects studied
Subjects studied by all pupils English (6), Mathematics (6), Science (6), ICT (4), History (4), Geography (4), RS (2), Design Technology (4), Drama/Accelerated Reading Year 7 (2), PE (2), Art (2), Music (2), and a Modern Foreign Language (4).

*Hours per timetable cycle denoted in brackets after each subject. This varies very slightly across the Key Stage for subjects: Science (Year 7, 5) ICT (Year 7, 3), Geography (Year 8, 3), Modern Foreign Languages (Year 8, 3), Design Technology (Year 9, 3) and History (Year 9, 3). PHSE and Religious Studies are also taught within our enrichment programme and PDM sessions  

Key Stage 4

This encompasses years 10 and 11 and comprises core subjects (English, English Literature (Year 10), Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Personal Health and Social Education) studied by all pupils and option subjects in which the pupils can specialise. An extensive programme of guidance is delivered to pupils in year 9 which prepares them for the choices they will make based upon their own abilities, aspirations and strengths.

Most pupils will study up to as many as ten subjects to external examination level. This will vary according to the pupil’s individual strength and abilities.

The courses on offer are reviewed annually to ensure that the school conforms to National Curriculum specifications. Several courses, including Business Studies, DT, ICT, Drama and Science Departments offer the opportunity to study for a BTEC qualification

Key Stage 4. Years 10 – 11 Subjects studied
Subjects studied by all pupils Year 11:- English language and English Literature (6), Mathematics (6), Core Science (10), Additional Learning (3), PE (3). PHSE, RS*Year 10:- English language and English Literature (8), Mathematics (7), Core Science (9), PE (4). PHSE, RS*
Subjects from which the pupils have the opportunity to specialise in. All option subjects are taught for 5 hours across the timetable cycle. . Art( Fine or Visual), Business Studies, Catering, Child Development, Electronics, Product Design, Health and Social Care, Textiles, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, Computer Science, French, Spanish, Law, Music, PE, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science Triple Award.(All 5)

*Hours per timetable cycle denoted in brackets after each subject. PHSE and Religious Studies are also taught within our enrichment programme and PDM sessions (30 minutes per day and 7 enrichment Days across the year)

Pupils entering Key Stage 4 are advised as part of the options process as to whether they should pick a humanities subject (History or Geography) and a language (French or Spanish). Where pupils speak additional languages we endeavor to offer these as additional GCSE subjects to interested pupils.

Pupils currently in year 11 also have 3 hours per timetabled cycle where they pick up either, an additional GCSE or BTEC such as; French, Statistics, Ict or Physical Education, for which staff have identified the pupils as potentially able in these areas and are able to be fast tracked. Alternatively the have additional support in Mathematics, English, Science or Study skills.

Homework is seen as a vital extension to the work carried out in school and is a valuable component in ensuring our pupils achieve to their full potential. A variety of homework tasks and activities are set within each subject. Further details and guidance can be found in each pupil’s planner.

Sixth Form

Key Stage 5. Years 12-13 Subjects on offer
Students are offered a range of Level 3 courses at A Level. In addition we offer Level 3 BTEC’s in Dance, PE and Music. Accounts, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Dance, English, French, Geography, General Studies, History, ICT, Law, Mathematics, Media, Music, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology and Spanish.

Each subject is studied for 5 hours per week with an expected additional 5 hours of independent study. Entry requirements are at least 5A*-C at GCSE or equivalent at BTEC including Mathematics and English plus a grade B or merit in the subjects studied – see prospectus for specific subject entry requirements. The most common programme of study is 3 subjects

Personal Social Health & Economic Education

Personal Social Health & Economic Education (PSHEE) is taught, not only in PDM sessions but is embedded into our curriculum; it helps produce confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Our programme of study for PSHEE ensures pupils are offered opportunities integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject. We feel this underpins the ethos of Perryfields.

Our aims through PHSEE are that pupils:

  • become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
  • are reflective learners who can evaluate their achievements and strengths in all areas of their lives and recognise their own worth.
  • are able to demonstrate understanding and empathy towards others who live their lives in different ways. They can assertively challenge prejudice and discrimination (for example that related to gender, race, disability, etc).
  • can assess their personal qualities, skills and achievements and use these to set future goals.
  • are able to describe the short and long term consequences of personal health choices and can make decisions based on this knowledge.
  • are capable of comparing the diversity of ethnic and cultural groups, lifestyles and relationships. They can take the initiative in challenging and giving support in connection with offensive behaviour.
  • can discuss relationships, feelings and emotions, and can analyse ways of managing these in connection with family events (for example the arrival of a new baby, death of a relative or parental separation).